By Glenn Davis
Trainer Kelly Schweida is hopeful London Banker can fulfill a Cups plan hatched nine months ago when the former Kiwi tackles the Listed Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Schweida has long held the belief London Banker would develop into a strong middle distance performer since he first entered his stable just over a year ago.
After London Banker won four in a row in September of last year, Schweida put the six-year-old away with the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup and Listed Caloundra Cup in mind.
Schweida’s judgement proved spot on at Eagle Farm last Saturday when London Banker won the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup over 2400 metres.
London Banker was ridden by former Perth-based hoop William Pike in the Tatt’s Cup but his commitments in Sydney have opened the door for Jim Orman to take over.
Schweida has never won the Caloundra Cup but finished second with Cellarmaid in last year’s feature, which was won by the Joe Pride-trained Stockman.
A seven-day back-up is of no concern for Schweida but he is a little worried about the weather forecast for rain this week.
“We picked out the Tatt’s Cup and Caloundra Cup for him after he won four in a row last campaign” Schweida said.
“He did the job winning the Tatt’s Cup so hopefully he can tick off the Caloundra Cup now.
“It’s been the plan to back him up all along as he’s backed-up before and won.”
Schweida was impressed with London Banker’s victory in the Tattersall’s Cup.
“It wasn’t a big field but he let down really well,” he said.